In the early days, most of the Chinese immigrants settled in Chinatown. Emerged from these predominantly Chinese communities were self-sustaining single ethnocultural business and social networks. In the 1980s and 1990s, the influence of the third wave of Hong Kong immigrants on the local community became more noticeable. Although the number of Hong Kong immigrants dropped later, their impact on the communities and urban development in Metro Vancouver is still seen everywhere.
Scholars often use “push” and “pull” factors to categorize the reasons for migration. What are the reasons that have motivated so many people moving from Hong Kong to different cities in Canada? In the past, some immigrants settled in Canada, some returned to Hong Kong to make a living—each of the individuals and families were making their choices and deciding on their own paths. Will the recent influx of Hong Kongers become the new blood in the local Hong Kong community? What impact will our new friends coming through "lifeboat" Hong Kong Pathway bring to the local community and urban development?
Want to know more? We sincerely invite you to visit our exhibition “Hong Kong Immigrants in Canada’s Migration History.”
HK House wishes to express gratitude to Prof Miu Chung Yan of the School of Social Work at the University of British Columbia for providing research findings to this exhibition.